AN UNFAIR FIGHT
A PROPALESTINIAN SPEECH FROM CNN CONTRIBUTOR MAC LAMONT HILL SAW HIM GET FIRED THE VERY SAME DAY AFTER HE CALLED FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTION AGAINST THE ATROCITIES CARRIED OUT BY ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINE
The US Cable News Network (CNN) has ired Marc Lamont Hill, a regular contributor, after he gave a controversial address at the UN General Assembly’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. During his speech he pointed out that 2018 marks the 70th twin anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Palestinian Naqba (Catastrophe). He then went through the text of the declaration and systematically demonstrated that its principles have been totally ignored in the case of the Palestinian people, who were denied self-determination, were attacked and driven from their homes by Israel during its 1948-49 war and have been denied their rights ever since then.
He quoted the declaration’s text which states that all people “are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and then argued that Israel denies freedom, equality and rights to all Palestinians, whether citizens of Israel — Palestinians who remained in their homes, towns and villages during Israel’s war of establishment — or inhabitants of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, occupied by Israel in 1967. Furthermore,
Hill stated, “..it is clear that any freedoms naturally endowed to human beings are actively being stripped from Palestinians through Israeli statecraft.”
He listed the ways Israel carries out this operation by denying Palestinians housing, essential services, education, and using violence, torture, imprisonment without just legal process, exile, and administrative detention. The list of injustices is long and well known by members of the international community but Western powers ignore Israel’s practices and actions. He urged countries and peoples who are critical of Israel to translate the ine words of the Universal Declaration into deeds by embracing boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) to put pressure on Israel to mend its ways.
He concluded by calling on the gathering to “commit to political action, grassroots action, local action and international action that will give (Palestinians) what justice requires. And that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea. “While the entirety of his address clearly angered Israel and its supporters, his conclusion, unfortunately, crossed a red line. According to Israelis, he had suggested either transforming Israel into a secular, bi-national democratic state where Palestinians and Israelis could coexist or replacing the Israeli state with an Arab Palestinian state.
The Zionists who created
Israel to be a Jewish entity with a Jewish population claim that the very words “from the river to the sea” spoken by Palestinians or their supporters mean the extermination or ethnic cleansing of Israelis.
Of course, right-wing Israelis often use the phrase “from the river to the sea,” meaning from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, to state their ambition to occupy the area in perpetuity.
They also seek to follow the dictum of Theodor Herzl, the founding father of Israel, involving the transfer of Palestine’s native population across the borders into neighbouring states. This is precisely what Israel has been doing since the Naqba.